Turtle Cheeseball

An easy, sweet Turtle Cheeseball recipe with caramel, pecans and chocolate chips! A great dip to serve with apples, animal crackers or grahams.

Turtle Cheeseball: caramel, pecans and chocolate chips around a sweet cheeseball

So, in case you don’t live in the US, Thanksgiving is this week. You may be overwhelmed with all our turkey talk. But I’ve got a non holiday recipe for you.

Well, non holiday in there is no theme. Except DELICIOUS!

Whenever we entertain I love to serve a combination of salty and sweet treats. And while guacamole, jalapeno dip, and queso are all delicious choices, sometimes, a sweet dip is equally important.

I find myself taking bites of chips, then of this sweet cheeseball, and back to chips again. It really is a vicious cycle!

But a delicious, vicious cycle (ha, I love to rhyme)!

Turtle Cheeseball: caramel, pecans and chocolate chips around a sweet cheeseball

Today’s recipe is easy to put together. You can make it the day before if you’d like. Mix all your ingredients together. I drop the entire bowl of cheeseball onto a piece of plastic wrap. I wrap the plastic around it and shape it into a cheeseball. Then refrigerate this ball for about an hour. Unwrap and roll it into a bowl filled with your toppings, pressing them into the ball gently. Rewrap your cheeseball into a new piece of plastic wrap. Keep wrapped until ready to serve!

Enjoy this with pretzels, apples, animal crackers and of course it’s great spread onto graham crackers too!

Turtle Cheeseball: caramel, pecans and chocolate chips around a sweet cheeseball

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Turtle Cheeseball

Prep Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 8-10

A delicious and easy sweet cheeseball recipe with caramel, chocolate and pecans!


  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp caramel sauce (I used caramel ice cream topping)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup caramel bits (I used Kraft)


  1. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with butter until fully blended. Add caramel sauce and sugar and beat until combined. Add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
  2. Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on counter. Drop cheeseball onto plastic wrap and cover cheeseball completely. Once covered, shape into a ball. Refrigerate for one hour.
  3. In a bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips, pecans and caramel bits. Unwrap cheeseball and roll into bowl of chocolate chip mixture. Press toppings gently into the cheeseball. Rewrap in plastic wrap (a new piece) and refrigerate until ready to serve! ENJOY.


If you can't find the Kraft Caramel Bits, you can use Werther's caramels or Kraft Caramels and chop them up!


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52 Responses to “Turtle Cheeseball”

  1. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    So I am thinking I need to add this to my holiday appetizer list! I have never had a sweet cheese ball before and this looks amazing!!

  2. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Your Turtle Cheeseball recipe sounds amazing!
    Thanks for sharing all of the recipes!

    • posted Nov 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      You’re welcome! Glad you are enjoying them Melissa!

  3. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I saw this on Pinterest and about fell out of my chair. This sounds beyond amazing! I can totally see me dipping my way through the entire thing! Everything about this sounds delicious. Pinning!

  4. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    This is gorgeous Aimee!

  5. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I want this like right now!!

  6. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    What do you suggest to use to dip into the cheese ball? This will be the first one I’ve ever made and served! I’m really excited to make it at my inlaws for new years.

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:35 am

      graham crackers, apples, nilla wafers, animal crackers, teddy grahams, pretzels….a spoon!

  7. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I know my family would love to snack on this! So good!

  8. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I have a sneaking suspicion that I would devour that entire cheese ball before anyone else even had a chance! Yum!!!

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Oh please, you and you’re clean eating! This is NOT on the approved list 😉

  9. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I bet this cheese ball is delicious! Love having an appetizer to snack on while waiting for dinner :)

  10. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    who doesn’t love a cheeseball :) and turtles are a favorite in our house

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Heather! Turtles and cheeseballs were meant to unite!

  11. posted Nov 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Definitely have to give this a try! I love all the flavors in this. Perfect snack for Thanksgiving.

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Yeah, it’s a great treat to have for the weekend. Just wrap it up if it’s not finished and serve it the next day!! I sometimes squish it back into a ball too :)

  12. janice nowak
    posted Nov 25, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Can’t wait to make this cheeseball for the holidays! But the graham crackers shown in the picture, where can I find this kind? All we seem to have around my neck of the woods are the usual box of rectangles. Thanks for the recipe and the name of the crackers!!

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Hi Janice, those are graham sticks. I’m not sure which brand makes them! Teddy Grahams would also be a fun “dipper” or Nilla wafers too!! ENJOY!

  13. posted Nov 26, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I have never had a cheeseball- I think I need to change that! This would be the recipe to– all that caramel and chocolate and cream cheese… HEAVEN!!

    • posted Nov 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Yes. This should be your introduction to cheeseballs :) Have a great week!!

  14. posted Nov 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

    soooo….what happens if I eat this entire cheeseball on my own? Will I then turn into a cheeseball as well?

    I guess it’s a risk I’ll have to take! 😀

  15. posted Nov 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This is like the definition of fabulous party food. I love this idea!
    Pinning. :)

  16. Melissa
    posted Nov 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I made this for Thanksgiving today. I cannot wait to have my family try it. I doubled the recipe and it made a HUGE batch – I will admit, about 1/4th of it was left at home! :) It is AMAZING!

  17. posted Nov 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    This looks perfect! It would be gone in minutes at the thanksgiving feast we had 😉

  18. posted Nov 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    This is absolutely genius! It looks incredible! I have a feeling it would be gone in a snap!

  19. posted Dec 7, 2013 at 1:25 am


  20. posted Dec 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    This looks gorgeous and sounds delicious! I think I will be adding a sweet cheese ball to our holiday menu this year!

  21. Julie
    posted Dec 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!

  22. Charisa
    posted Dec 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Are those hazelnuts I see along with the pecans and chocolate chips? Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. Making this for Christmas!

  23. posted Dec 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I HAD to pin, save and drool over this cheeseball … then my hubby looked over my should and saw your Peanut Butter Cookie Dip … had to save and pin that recipe too! Now I must share my new finds :) Thank you!

  24. Amy
    posted Feb 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I am considering making this but freezing a small ball of hot fudge first, then building the cheese ball around that? So it has a fudgey center. Of course I am considering doing that when (a) I have never even made the basic cheeseball and (b) it’s for a baby shower with dozens of people. May be a recipe for disaster! We’ll see!

    • posted Feb 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Oh!! That sounds like a fun idea, be sure to let me know how it turns out!!!

  25. Tabatha
    posted Mar 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I can not seem to get the cheeseball firm. Any suggestions?

    • Anonymous
      posted Mar 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      I had the same problem. Suggestions?

    • amber
      posted Apr 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      i had same problem too!

      • Anonymous
        posted Apr 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        Since I couldn’t get it firm I made it into a dip! It was amazing!

        • posted Apr 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

          Hmmm, others have had that problem as well. Glad you enjoyed it as a dip :)

  26. amber
    posted Apr 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Wouldn’t recommend this. Couldn’t get the cheeseball firm. Others had this problem too

  27. Alice
    posted Jun 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I made the Turtle Cheeseball for my all girls weekend fun at the lake and it was a great BIG hit!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  30. Gisaco
    posted Dec 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    It did not firm up for me either. I’m going to mix in the topping ingredients and put it in a pretty bowl for dipping.

    • posted Dec 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

      What a bummer, not sure what to suggest! Although, using it as a dip is a great alternative!

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